Source-Connect 3.9 Pro and VPN Mode
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This article is part of the Source-Connect Pro and Pro X 3.9 User Guide
Source-Connect operates as a peer-to-peer type application over the UDP protocol, and this can cause connectivity problems when attempting to establish a two-way data connection in an unconfigured or very strict network. Factors such as firewalls and multi-layer subnets will generally make it difficult to walk into a venue and be confident of establishing a two-way Source-Connect session. Additionally, certain environments have strict security policies, so allowing firewall and network configurations are not possible.
As a solution, Source-Connect Pro can operate in VPN mode. This solves three problems: connectivity confidence, security, and privacy.
VPN mode and connectivity confidence
VPN connections operate over the TCP protocol and can function even within strict networks and proxy servers because it is possible to tunnel over HTTP. If a suitable VPN solution is implemented, all the enduser requires is a software client that they need to run when they wish to connect. Access can be strictly managed with unique, time-critical passwords. Cisco, for example, has such a VPN solution available where the client software is freely distributable and operates transparently. Or, solutions utilizing IPSEC may be suitable, which can be activated with built-in Mac OSX software for example.
VPN Security / Privacy
Where security and privacy are concerns, the best solution is one where you have complete control over the security methods. When Source-Connect Pro is in VPN mode it is configured to disallow connections to external IP addresses, so you can be confident that your network is secure.
Unsupported VPN clients
VPN clients such as NordVPN, ExpressVPN and Hamachi, generally used to mask your IP address, are not supported. Please visit the Zero Tier One article to see an example of a supported service.